• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama, English, World Literature, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Millicent Weber
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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Does literary studies have a history, and if so of what kind? In this course we will focus on and contextualise one pivotal moment, method or text in the history of literary studies as a discipline. This course will involve a rigorous case study in the development of a specific interpretative practice, an in-depth study of a specific critical community and/or a deep dive into the contexts and communities surrounding the creation, production and reception of a single text. Through placing critical practices within their social, political and historical context, students will gain a broader and deeper understanding of the debates that have shaped and continue to impact literary studies today. Topics could include but are not limited to: histories of rhetorical and poetic theories; histories of contesting canons; review cultures; literature and ethics; the production and reception of Shakespeare's work; Modernism and close reading; book clubs, fan cultures and the institution; the threats and promises that social media and AI bring to literary criticism. As this is a research-led course, the approach and focus will be shaped by the research specialisms of the convenor.

In 2024 this course will be run as a 4-week intensive over the winter break from Mon 24 June-Fri 19 July.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. research the relationship between social, political, historical contexts, and interpretive practices;
  2.  understand important debates regarding how literature is evaluated, interpreted, shared and preserved;
  3.  critically evaluate different methodological practices and theoretical frameworks for analysing literary texts; and
  4.  identify the significance of critical communities to shaping research methods and theoretical frameworks in literary studies.

Other Information

This course will be run as a 4-week intensive during the winter break from Mon 24 June-Fri 19 July.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1 x 15-minute oral presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. 1 x abstract and essay plan (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 1 x 4000 word essay (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: 

a) 12 hours of contact with instructor over 3-4 weeks (2-3 x 2 hour seminars)

b) 118 hours of independent student research, reading and writing (approximately 15-20 hours per week).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL8019.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will change according to topic/s covered in the course.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7307 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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